First Sliding Glass Doors Installed on New Disney Vacation Club Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Shannen Ace

First Sliding Glass Doors Installed on New Disney Vacation Club Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

One pair of sliding glass doors has been installed on a guest room of the new Disney Vacation Club tower under construction at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The tower is scheduled to open in late 2024, taking over the space previously occupied by the Spirit of Aloha dinner show, which closed permanently with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disney Vacation Club Tower Construction

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The new tower sits on the edge of Seven Seas Lagoon and is about 10 stories tall at its center.

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On the left, when looking at the tower across the lagoon, is a newly constructed wing of the building.

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A pair of sliding glass doors is on a window opening on the third floor, facing the lagoon.

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All of the openings have planks of wood across them as temporary railings for the crew members working inside.

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Concrete walls and floors create balconies, some of them just surrounding one opening, some surrounding two.

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The new wing seems to have reached its maximum height, with columns between the windows on the top two floors.

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There are similar columns on the top floors of the rest of the tower.

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Through the windows, steel supports are visible, the first signs of guest room walls inside.

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One crew member was in a lift near a balcony about halfway up the far end of the building.

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Concrete walls and columns have come together in the tower’s future lobby, which has wide two-story openings for doors and windows.

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Connecting the main building and the new wing are angled platforms.

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The lowest platform has a grid of steel extending from it to the ground, with wood paneling along the inside.

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Temporary fencing is on each platform. Concept art shows decorative vines hanging from these platforms.

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A trench carved out beside the tower has collected some rain water. This could eventually become the tower’s private pool.

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See concept art for the Disney Vacation Club tower below.

Concept art for Disney Vacation Club wing at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort opened with Walt Disney World in general in 1971. It recently underwent an extensive refurbishment. While the standard rooms received “Moana” theming, the Disney Vacation Club Studios received “soft goods” refurbishments, meaning only the upholstery, art, and related accompaniments were updated.

The resort also received a new Monorail station and port-cochére. The entrance to the resort was re-themed to match the new structures. 

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Kona Café reopened late last year after being closed for over two months, with all new seating, décor, and more. The Kiki Tikis Splash Play Area and Lava Pool slide were also refurbished in early 2023. The rugs and most upholstery in the lobby of the Great Ceremonial House were replaced, too.

If you’re interested in learning about more Disney Vacation Club accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, watch our video tour of a Bora Bora Bungalow room below.

Have you ever stayed at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort? Tell us about your experience in the comments.

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  • Shannen Michaelsen

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